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Damian Green arrest shows police is loyal to their political masters - Telegraph

Why, if there are more officers than ever, do we feel we hardly ever see them on the streets? Why are police stations too far away, closed at night or shut down altogether? Why, when the police tell householders not to tackle burglars, but to dial 999 and await the officers' arrival, are they are greeted with a hollow laugh?

An institution that a few years ago was held in public esteem is now derided, even feared. There is a feeling that the police are not on our side. And this is largely the fault of some of the country's most prominent senior officers. ...

Police chiefs have supported every encroachment on civil liberties: the expansion of the DNA database to include innocent people, ruled unlawful this week by the European Court of Human Rights; the increase of detention without charge to 90 days and then, when that was rejected, to 42 days, despite clear parliamentary opposition; the extension of summary powers to arrest and fine on the spot; bans on happy hours, ID cards and many more...

In a lecture last year, Sir Ian Blair claimed the country had to be clear about what it wants from the police - to fight crime, or fight its causes; to help build stronger communities, or to undertake zero tolerance?

"The silence can no longer continue," he said. "The citizens of Britain now have to articulate what kind of police service they want." For once, he was right.

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"Sir Ian Blair claimed the country had to be clear about what it wants from the police - to fight crime, or fight its causes; to help build stronger communities, or to undertake zero tolerance?"

If he actually asked the country, he would be in no doubt as to where his priorities should lie.

But as in fact he only asks the Government, the Labour Party, the BBC, and The Guardian, one can see how he might not quite have got the message.

Never mind about the police. We appear to be oppressing and censoring ourselves pretty effectively without their help: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/12/07/brit_isps_censor_wikipedia/

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